June 11, 2018 Subject:
This is vol. 3 of the Œuvres complettes de M. Helvétius published in 4 volumes with the false address 'A Liege, Chez Bassompierre, Père et Fils 'in 1774. D. Smith has written that 'the publisher of this edition has not been identified, but it is certainly not Bassompierre' (Bibliography of the writings of Helvétius, Ferney-Voltaire : Centre international d’étude du XVIIIesiècle, 2001, type O.1, p. 1-11). He adds that ' Ph. Van den Broeck has found some of the ornaments of O.1 in two other suspect Bassompierre products : Linguet, Mémoires et plaidoyers, 1776, and Marmontel, Œuvres complètes, 1777. D. Droixhe in his ‘Voltaire et l’édition liégeoise jusqu’en 1765’, in Livres et Lumières au pays de Liège (1730-1830), Liège : Desoer, 1980, p. 149 and 167, mentions several other fake Bassompierres (…). J.-A. McEachern has found two of the O.1 ornaments in vol. 2 of an edition of Rousseau’s Œuvres allegedly published in Amsterdam by Marc-Michel Rey in 1776'. With Cl. Fortuny’s and S. Corsini’s assistance, Smith concludes : 'It would seem that numerous clues all lead to Lyon, and that Grabit and especially Faucheux might repay further research'.